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Tile mural assembled

Sally J. Taylor

As workers mounted 355 tiles on a mural at the El Dorado Beach picnic area, beach-goers paused to watch and point out tiles that caught their eye.

“We’ve had so much interest,” said City Arts Coordinator Phylise Walker in the midst of Tuesday’s assembly project. “Especially when the guys were setting the tiles early this morning.”

The tile mural, 26 feet long and 4 feet tall, features a skyline panorama of Lake Tahoe by ceramist Julie La Croix surrounded by tiles individually painted by South Shore residents during several workshops earlier this summer.

Individual tiles include the artwork of city officials, local artists, children, parents, singles and many more. Mount Tallac and forest scenes are favorite themes as well as animals, birds, flowers and stars.

The tile mural, partly funded by the Nevada State Council on the Arts, is part of the Heritage Murals project co-sponsored by the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Tahoe Historical Society and Lake Tahoe Arts Commission.

The El Dorado mural is the only tile mural among the six Heritage Murals that will be part of the city’s features by the end of summer.

A dedication date for the tile mural will be announced later.

The Washoe Mural on the South Tahoe Refuse Center, completed earlier in the summer, will be dedicated on Sept. 3 at 5 p.m.


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